Introducing children’s author Darlene Foster. She has several books in the Amanda series: Amanda in New Mexico, Amanda in Danube, Amanda in Alberta, Amanda in England, Amanda in Spain and Amanda in Arabia. Her Most recent book, Amanda in Holland – Missing in Acton, was released in September 2019. In this interview, she shares a little about it.
1) What is the title of your recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?
My most recent book is Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action, book number seven in the Amanda Travels series featuring a young girl who has an exciting adventure wherever she travels. Although this a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone and does not have to be read in any order. The books are written for children between the ages of 7 to 12 although many adults enjoy them as well, especially if they enjoy learning about other countries. One adult reader recently said, “I love how you mix creativity, imagination and cultural appreciation in your writing – for minds of all ages!”
2) In a few sentences, tell us a little about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.
In this adventure, Amanda is in Holland where she searches for a missing gardener, special tulip bulbs, a home for an abandoned puppy, and clues as to why her great-uncle didn’t return from the Second World War. She is there with her best friend Leah, and together they visit the amazing Keukenhof Gardens, the heart-breaking Anne Frank House, interesting windmills and a fun wooden shoe factory. But things are missing in the delightful country of Holland and intrepid traveller, Amanda Ross, is determined to find them, often putting herself in danger.
3) Who is the main character in this book? What is her name, where does she live and what do you like about her?
The main character is twelve-year-old Amanda Jane Ross from Calgary, Alberta. I like her because she is feisty, curious and caring, a good role model for young girls everywhere. She is not perfect, and like all children, she messes up at times. However, she learns from her mistakes.
When I was a child, I read Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, which takes place in Holland. The story intrigued me, and I dreamt of one day visiting the Netherlands. So you can say it was Mary Mapes Dodge, who wrote a book in 1865, that planted the seeds for Amanda in Holland. Also, two of my aunts married Dutch gentlemen, which fuelled my interest in Holland and the Dutch culture. Four years ago, my husband and I finally visited Holland. It was everything I dreamt it would be and more. While there I kept saying that Amanda would love it here, which inspired me to write the next book in the series.
5) Where can readers buy this book?
This book is available in most bookstores. If it is not on the shelves, it can usually be ordered. It is also available in digital or print format on all Amazon, Kobo, Indigo, and Barnes and Noble sites.
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